Indigenous manufacturing of major components and ensuring a strong participation from the domestic industry are the major challenges before the Indian nuclear power programme now, says former Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) chief M R Srinivasan.
“For a large nuclear power capacity to be built in a country like India, it is very important to have major components made within the country. Otherwise economics will be not so good,” Srinivasan told IANS in a wide-ranging interview here on the sidelines of the Atomexpo 2017 organised by Rosatom. Continue reading
The US government’s decision to declare Syed Salahuddin a global terrorist would help in choking his movements and financing, union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi said today.
Salahuddin, head of the Kashmiri militant group Hizbul Mujahideen, was a “coward” who had “run away” to Pakistan, Mehrishi said.”He (Salahuddin) is a terrorist and he has now been declared so. This declaration by the US may help in impacting his movements and funding,” Mehrishi told reporters on the sidelines of an event of border guarding force ITBP. Continue reading
With the Amarnath Yatra set to begin from June 29, the Jammu and Kashmir Police on Tuesday said that they have put all the necessary security arrangements in place so that the pilgrims have a hassle free and secure journey.
Acknowledging the security and law and order challenge in the state, adequate paramilitary forces, police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) have been deployed along the yatra route. Continue reading
SOURCE: INDIA TV
In a big boost to India’s bid for permanent membership to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), US President Donald Trump on Monday extended his country’s support to India’s candidature.
President Trump also supported India’s bid to get entry into Nuclear suppliers Group (NSG).Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who met President Trump at the White House, thanked him for the support. “President Trump reaffirmed the support of the United States for India’s permanent membership on a reformed UN Security Council,” said a joint India-US statement after the meeting between Modi and Trump. Continue reading
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India and Pakistan have fought three wars and have been on the brink of another several times, a worrying prospect given that both have growing stockpiles of nuclear weapons and questions about how secure they are.
The arms race between the South Asian neighbors has moved to enhancing the delivery systems for the warheads, which could annihilate the subcontinent several times. India’s recent launch of more than 100 satellites with a single rocket foreshadows the capability of sending up a missile with multiple nuclear weapons. Continue reading
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Retired Gen. Jack Keane on Monday said President Trump will announce an arms deal between the United States and India involving the sale of unarmed surveillance drones.In an interview with FOX Business’ Stuart Varney, Keane said the sale of the U.S. military’s primary drone used in Afghanistan and Iraq is about India’s concerns over China.
“They [India] want to use that for their own defensive of security as China begins to rise in the area and begins to have influence in the Indian Ocean and the countries that border it,” he said. Continue reading
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The U.S. State Department has approved the possible sale to India of one Boeing C-17 transport aircraft, with an estimated cost of $366 million, a Pentagon agency said on Monday.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a statement it notified Congress on Monday of the sale, which includes four turbofan engines, a missile warning system, a countermeasures dispensing system and an identification friend or foe transponder. Continue reading
SOURCE : TNN
Shifting its focus to the Indian subcontinent, global terror outfit al-Qaida has said it will target Indian security installations and leaders of Hindu “separatist” organisations. The outfit has released an elaborate document titled ‘Code of conduct for Mujahideen in the subcontinent’ detailing its objectives, targets, and do’s and don’ts for members.
“All personnel of the military are our targets, whether they be in the war zone or in barracks at their bases. Even the personnel on vacation are not exempted due to their battle against implementation of sharia,” the outfit said in the document. Continue reading
SOURCE : DailyMail
A new video from Jamat-ud-dawa headquarters in Lahore has exposed Pakistan’s support to terror in the Kashmir valley again.India Today has accessed a video of JuD remembrance ceremony for the two Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists killed after the overnight siege at Delhi Public School (DPS) Srinagar.
The encounter in Srinagar started after LeT terrorists attacked a CRPF convoy resulting in the death of a CRPF sub inspector and serious injuries to two other CRPF personnel.The J&K police, CRPF and the army immediately mounted a counter offensive. The terrorists fled and hid in the near by DPS. Continue reading
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In an exclusive interview to ANI, Teresita C Schaffer, an expert on economic, political, security & risk management trends in India and Pakistan, said, “I hate to call Pakistan an ally and I know that was historically true but it is such a complicated relationship with lots of downs and a few ups. There is a phrase called ‘frenemy’- a combination of friend and enemy. In some respects we are close friends with Pakistan and in other respects we are working in very different directions and that tension is going to continue.”
Hours before the much awaited meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump, the security expert said that “right now Pakistan and the US relations are in very difficult shape and this will make things easier for India”. Continue reading
SOURCE :The Telegraph
Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei today used a Ramazan message to urge Muslims around the world to support Kashmiris against “oppressors and tyrants”, reviving a seven-year-old wound and signalling fresh tensions with India.
Khamenei’s message, on Twitter, comes amid concerns in Iran that India has slowed down its implementation of the Chabahar port project on the Gulf of Oman following worries that the US under President Donald Trump may withdraw from an agreement between Iran and the West over Tehran’s nuclear programme. That agreement had led to a thaw between the West and Iran, which allowed New Delhi to engage with Tehran without the fear of sanctions. Continue reading
SOURCE : INDIA TODAY
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump met for the first time at White House in Washington and terror was the common cause of concern for both the leaders.
In a joint briefing both PM Modi and President Trump stressed on the common goal of ‘destroying radical Islamic terrorism and ending terror safe havens.’
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SOURCE : THE HINDU
U.S. Secretary of Defence James Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday morning, setting the stage for his first meeting with President Donald Trump.
Both Secretaries reiterated the Trump administration’s “strong desire to consolidate the gains made in the multidimensional ties,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Gopal Baglay said. Mr. Tillerson told Mr. Modi that the President was “eagerly looking forward” to their meeting. The President will later host Mr. Modi and the Indian delegation for a working dinner at the White House. Continue reading
SOURCE : FIRST POST
President Donald Trump welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the White House Tuesday for their first meeting, as the US branded a top militant from neighboring Pakistan as a “global terrorist.”The leaders of the world’s two largest democracies are looking to expand ties on defense and fighting terrorism, but strains are likely on trade. Their personal chemistry could prove as important as policy in setting the tone for relations.
During brief Oval Office remarks, Trump heaped praise on Modi as a “great prime minister” who had brought economic growth to India. Modi recalled Trump’s visits to India long before he was president and said he was looking forward to collaborating with him now that he is president. Continue reading
SOURCE : LIVE MINT
Last week was an interesting one for Indian defence manufacturing. On Monday, Tata Advanced Systems Ltd and US plane-maker Lockheed Martin Corp. signed an agreement at the Paris Air Show to produce F-16 fighter jets in India. On Tuesday, in Delhi, Reliance Defence entered into a strategic partnership with Serbia’s Yugoimport for ammunition manufacturing in India. On Wednesday, back in Paris, Reliance Defence joined hands with France’s Thales to set up a joint venture that will develop Indian capabilities in radars and high-tech airborne electronics.
In Moscow, on Friday, defence minister Arun Jaitley and his Russian counterpart signed off on a road map for strengthening bilateral military ties. Meanwhile, at home in India, the army rejected, for the second year in a row, an indigenously-built assault rifle after it failed field tests—a pointed reminder of how the country’s sub-par defence industry continues to damage the military’s operational preparedness. Continue reading